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What is a Continuity of Care Record (CCR)?

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The Continuity of Care Record (CCR) is an XML standard that summarizes a patient’s electronic health record (EHR) in a standard format used for interoperability and exchanging patient records with their care team. With your comprehensive records of patient care, you need to ensure that you support continuity of care for your patients.

The Continuity of Care Record (CCR) is a standard for the electronic exchange of clinical and health-related data. With the evolution of multiple standards, the Health Level Seven International (HL7) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) organizations collaborated on the Continuity of Care Document (CCD) to sync the ASTM’s CCR with the HL7’s Clinical Document Architecture (CDA).  

The Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) endorsed the CCD standard, but both CCD and CCR are recognized by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as required standards. The goal for HL7 and ASTM is to speed up the adoption of electronic medical records (EMRs) and electronic health records (EHRs).  CCD has become the industry standard because of these choices and not CCRs anymore.

Already nearly all hospitals have certified Health IT and nearly 90% of healthcare organizations have at least a basic EHR system in place. That level of widespread adoption makes it even easier for you to share your CCRs and CCDs with improved interoperability.    

How TempDev Can Help You Implement A Continuity of Care Record (CCR)? 

With our array of services, consulting, and support options, TempDev streamlines your EHR workflow while helping you reduce medical errors, optimize your order-entry process, and increase your quality score. Since the CCR is used for exchanging patient data TempDev can help your organization implement features and functionality that takes advantage of the opportunity.

TempDev’s team of NextGen consultants, developers, and trainers support enhanced features, templates, and other accessible functionality for you, your team, and your patients. Your patients have more control over their data with improved transparency and we’re also here to help you implement the Patient Portal, API, and other tools to better support patient engagement.  

Contact us here or by calling us at 888.TEMP.DEV to get the help you need to implement your Continuity of Care Records (CCR).   

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